Former President Daniel arap Moi urged parents to encourage their children to acknowledge the power of God even as they strive to achieve academic excellence.
Mr Moi spoke when he joined hundreds of parents and students at a thanksgiving ceremony at Moi High School Kabarak in Nakuru County on Saturday.
“Education from primary, secondary and university here in Kabarak will enable you to stand upright and contribute to nation building for today’s and tomorrow’s generations,” he said.
The institution emerged best nationally in last year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary School (KCSE) examination with 202 As, 78 A- (minus) and 8 B+.
The least grade was one B (plain).
The school posted a mean score of 11.66, beating perennial giants in the country.
Nonetheless, he decried the rising cases of examination cheating and urged the relevant bodies to seal loopholes to secure the lives of the youngsters.
“Those administering exams should ensure cheating is eliminated as it ruins young lives,” said Mr Moi.
He also noted that the dedication of teachers in the Kabarak community had enabled students to complete their studies as all-round individuals.
“I am certain that this performance was through hard work, team work and trust in God. Hard work is always rewarding,” he said.
While congratulating last year’s KCSE candidates for the sterling performance, Mr Moi urged them not to get “consumed” by their good performance but to take care of their future lives by trusting in God.
The former Head of State was accompanied by his son, Baringo Senator and Kanu Chairman Gideon Moi, Baringo County speaker William Kamket, MPs Asman Kamama (Tiaty), Dr Naomi Shaaban (Taita Taveta) and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) treasurer and Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire.